September 03, 2004

The new age of Canadian foreign policy

"Canada, in fact, was one of a consortium of countries that pressed the Security Council to address the situation in Darfur. Now Canada has an opportunity to take the lead in committing whatever funds are necessary to help the AU do its job."

--John Ibbitson, today

I'm personally not sure contributing a million or two towards bankrolling/equipping a Nigerian army expeditionary force (which is what "AU peacekeepers" really boils down to) is really going to get Canada a whole lot of credit for humanitarian altruism, in Africa, or elsewhere. It is, however, the only realistic option here, and is increasingly the only option Canadian foreign policy planners have.

Posted by BruceR at 01:21 PM